Ørsted and Eversource fund University's offshore wind research

In: Windfarms

Ørsted and Eversource, developers of New York’s offshore wind farm,
Sunrise Wind, have announced the launch of a research partnership with Stony Brook University. The $5 million commitment funded by the project will underwrite research initiatives specific to the advancement of offshore wind through Stony Brook’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) in connection with the Sunrise Wind Project.

The funds will support multiple research projects to improve and advance offshore wind energy development and grid integration. The AERTC will focus on interdisciplinary research activities related to:

  • Engineering, construction, and logistics for offshore wind power generation;
  • Technological innovations to reduce costs and improve efficiencies of offshore wind;
  • Wind resource assessment and energy production forecasting;
  • Integrating intermittent renewable energy sources with utility grids; and
  • Coordinating the development of offshore wind resources with other commercial offshore uses, particularly the fishing industry.
    “We are very excited by the possibilities this partnership with Ørsted and Eversource presents,” said Stony Brook University President Maurie McInnis. “Since opening AERTC in 2010, Stony Brook has been effectively advancing renewable energy research and training students who will become the next generation of energy experts. With this research partnership and collaboration, we are poised to make a real impact on the future production and efficiency of offshore wind energy.”

    “The offshore wind industry and the prospect of a clean energy future are two of the most exciting developments happening right now in the United States,”
    said Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind CEO, David Hardy. “Stony Brook University has long been positioning itself to be an academic and research epicenter of this green movement. The goal of this partnership is to leverage the academic power of this world-class research institution and apply it to our projects.”

    “We’re fortunate to partner with such an esteemed research institution as Stony Brook University and its Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center to conduct important research for our offshore wind projects,”
    said Eversource Vice President of Offshore Wind Business Development Mike Ausere. “The researchers at AERTC have demonstrated great leadership in advancing new renewable energy technology innovations and we look forward to collaborating with them to bring offshore wind to the state of New York.”

    “We are delighted that the AERTC at Stony Brook is recognized by Ørsted and Eversource to be a leader in advancing New York State’s Clean energy goals,”
    said Robert Catell, Chairman of the AERTC Advisory Board at Stony Brook University. “As the New York State Center of Excellence in Energy, it is the ideal location to conduct research to advance offshore wind technology and support economic development and workforce training. Today’s Commitment recognizes the AERTC’s proven expertise in offshore wind research and development, demonstrated particularly through its leadership in helping to launch the National offshore wind R&D Consortium."

    “Stony Brook University is at the frontier of conducting research that will dramatically reduce the cost of offshore wind energy and help integrate the electricity produced by offshore wind farms into our power grid,”
    said Richard Reeder PhD, Vice President for Research at Stony Brook University. “Partnerships with industry leaders like Ørsted and Eversource are critical for translating our cutting-edge research into practical solutions that will augment our capacity for innovation and train the workforce of the future, while helping New York State meet its bold clean energy goals.”

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